Album Review: Æpoch — “Hiraeth”

Life is crazy for me right now, so I have a short little review coming at you for a short little release, but one that is no less impressive or worthy of talking about.  A…Tech Byte, if you will (TRADEMARK PENDING).  Ontario tech/prog death foursome Æpoch are following up their well-received 2020 EP The Scryer with another bite-sized offering, Hiraeth, this time looking ahead to the future instead of wistfully recalling the past and showcasing both new blood and a new outlook on their brand of metal.  And boy, what a gruesome future it is they see…

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Album Review: Unendlich — “Paradox of a Broken World”

There are a lot of geographic regions that have become synonymous with black metal and the black metal aesthetics.  Scandinavia, obviously, the Pacific Northwest, Iceland, each have their own distinctive take on the genre.  There is one place, though, where the scene burns brightly but doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, and that is the American northeast.  They might not be household names, but the bands that call New England home have developed a style that seamlessly blends the raw fury of their northern brethren with the swirling, textural components of their western counterparts into something that is all their own.  Unendlich carry on this tradition with their newest release Paradox of a Broken World, which sees the project hone its already keen musical edges.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Ionophore — “Knells”

Here we are with another non-metal release that I think is interesting and fitting for the physical and emotional climate.  Things are starting to warm up over here, piles of snow are melting and the sun is shining brighter and longer as the days go on, and yet, there’s still a vaguely distressing sense of dread that sort of spoils the peace and ambiance that naturally comes with winter standing on its last legs.  If you want to know what the exact soundtrack to that feeling is, look no further than Ionophore and their fourth ambient, avant-garde album Knells.

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Album Review: Profanity — “Fragments of Solace”

It takes a lot of perseverance to remain true to yourself in the music industry.  Most bands dream of the day a major label takes notice and sponsors their wildest dreams, but oftentimes there are unforeseen consequences and caveats that sour the rockstar dream.  It’s not easy, but some bands, like Germany’s Profanity, prefer the “DIY or Die” route.  While it’s an awful lot more uncertain, the payoffs are totally worth it.  Their latest offering, Fragments of Solace, showcases that the creative fire is still burning strong, as is their strong work ethic and commitment to staying underground.

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Album Review: Second to Sun — “Leviathan”

I cannot take credit for discovering Second to Sun all on my lonesome.  That distinction goes to our very own Zyklonius, the donut devourer himself, and his hyper specific talent of posting snippets of exactly what I’m currently into in the staff group chat.  When I first caught wind of the initial singles from Leviathan, I was pretty instantly blown away by what I heard, and I knew this would be an album for me to keep my eyes on.  Now that it’s finally here, I can very definitively say that, holy shit, this one bangs.

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